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GDPR: Hitting the Data Deadline (how to go from zero to GDPR compliant)

Now that the six month mark has passed in the countdown to the introduction of GDPR, there really are no more excuses.

Don’t worry though – it is still possible to go from zero to GDPR compliance by the May deadline.

Since the introduction of the Data Protection Directive in 1995, there have been significant advances in information technology and fundamental changes to the ways in which individuals and organisations communicate and share information.

On 25 May 2018, important new laws come into effect, replacing the existing Data Protection Act with the General Data Protection Regulation. The new GDPR has been in the news a fair bit recently. It is a European initiative which aims to harmonise data protection legislation across EU member states, enhancing privacy rights for individuals.

Businesses face potentially huge fines for non-compliance of up to €20 million or up to 4% of their total (worldwide) annual turnover (currently the maximum is £500K in the UK), whichever is higher.

For those who haven’t yet made a start, there is still time but a plan is needed. To that end, I have created a checklist and suggested step plan to ensure you avoid falling foul of the ICO.

To request a copy of our complimentary GDPR timetable please email me at

The checklist will hopefully be a useful benchmark and starting point for forward planning. As we move closer to the deadline I will be issuing more detailed information for business owners and HR managers.